Ask someone in the world of physical therapy who has expertise in the treatment of children with Down Syndrome and the name "Kathy Martin" will likely come to the surface.
Dr. Martin, director of UIndy’s Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program, has a research interest in treating patients who have Down Syndrome and has recently published multiple articles on the subject. She was asked by PTNow to write a Clinical Summary of the condition, which was published in December 2013. PTNow is a web portal that provides evidence-based practice information about certain diagnoses.
"All summaries are peer-reviewed, and I would equate the scope of the work to be similar to writing a book chapter," Martin said. "Being asked to write this one was an honor in that the editors of PTNow recognized me as an expert in this area."
Martin will share her experience in writing and publishing the summary in a UIndy Faculty Forum presentation, “Using a Web Portal to Present an Evidence-Based Clinical Summary for Down Syndrome.”
Also in late 2013, Martin and a UIndy Krannert School of Physical Therapy graduate, Anna Weber, published "Efficacy of Orthoses for Children with Hypotonia: A Systematic Review." Hypotonia is a low muscle tone condition that often affects children with Down Syndrome.
More recently, Martin was quoted in the February 2014 issue of Lower Extremity Review in an article, "Ankle Weights Improve Walking in Children with Down Syndrotme."
"The (ankle weight) study highlights one possible way to improve strength and increase physical activity in children with DS," Martin said, but she cautioned that the approach may be challenging given other characteristics of Down Syndrome that come into play.